A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Lots of fighting, but the hero sometimes must protect innocents.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of guns and sci-fi weapons, but no blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Even in war, the women seem to like short skirts and skimpy clothes.
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An occassional "damn" or "dammit."
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Products & Purchases
The game is part of a long-running series and has ties to a movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character is shown smoking, and he makes mention of drinking some "cold ones."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this action game features lots of gunplay, sci-fi weaponry, and some sword fighting. Players blast humans, monsters, and robots, although there's no blood. Some cut scenes have intense (but gore-less) violence, like point-blank shootings or an implied beheading. A few scenes include smoking, some talk of drinking, and a lot of strong -- but scantily clad -- heroines.
Is It Any Good?
Final Fantasy VII, from 1997, is one of the most beloved games in the long-running Final Fantasy series. But only die-hard fans will love this spin-off, a repetitive shooter with too much storytelling. Players guide Vincent through tightly controlled, linear environments, gunning down generic enemy soldiers over and over. The differences between gun components are frequently hard to detect, and players can ignore options like Vincent's hand-to-hand combat and magic abilities and still cruise through missions.
What's more, the action and story elements are awkwardly integrated. A typical mission is book-ended by about 10 minutes of cut scenes, and the action is repeatedly interrupted by storytelling segments (and short loading times). The game's strengths come from the cinematic beauty of many of the cut scenes and the excellent music, which help bring this intriguing world to life.
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